There are rumours going around that 343 Industries, the team behind Halo Infinite, maybe in turmoil. The creative director, Tim Longo, has already had his departure confirmed, and there’s fear others may follow.
Bungie Studios released the very first Halo, in 2001, and it changed the future of the gaming industry. Halo: Combat Evolved was such a groundbreaking game at the time that other games released afterwards had a rough time trying to be the game that kills Halo. 19 years later, the game series is with, 343 Industries, and is still a commercial success, but its release may be in jeopardy.
Halo Infinite has been confirmed for both the PC and Xbox consoles. PC players shall rejoice in the fact that they get to finally try the Halo franchise off right away without needing to wait for years for a PC port. In fact, later this year, the Halo: Master Chief Collection which includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, the Halo 3: ODST Campaign and Halo 4. While 343 Industries, the current developer behind the Halo series, is rumoured to be testing a new engine they’ve developed, it doesn’t look like they’ll be following the bandwagon of battle royale games like Apex Legends or Fortnite anytime soon. In fact, Jeff Easterling, 343’s lead writer, said the only “BR” they want is one of Halo’s signature weapons, the battle rifle.
Halo Infinite currently has a release time frame of the holiday season of 2020, which is great for everyone who gets to ask for it for Christmas if it happens to release around then. Unfortunately, with these departures and rumours of departures, we might be looking at a delay. For those who miss the old school couch play with friends, the game has a local split-screen play up to four players. While 343’s Chris Lee confirmed there won’t be loot boxes, there is the talk of some form of microtransactions, but there aren’t any additional details regarding those. There is currently no release date for the beta yet, but that may be delayed as well, but we’re looking forward to stepping back into Master Chief’s armour someday.